christian. vegan. lover of life.

snow white March 31, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 4:52 pm

“No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.” -Isaiah 1:18

How life-giving it is to now that even the stain of my sins is removed from me. I’d be living in so much shame and guilt if I wasn’t washed clean. But now, “there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed me through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death.” (Rom. 8:1-2)

 

special treasure March 29, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 5:32 pm

“Then those who feared the LORD spoke with each other, and the LORD listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him. ‘They will be my people,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘On the day when I act, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient and dutiful child. Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.'” –Malachi 3:16-18

“‘For you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,’ says the LORD Almighty.” –Malachi 4:2-3

 

Trust March 28, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 4:01 pm

“He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.” -Ps. 33:15

“The LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.” -Ps. 33:18

“We depend on the LORD alone to save us. Only he can help us, protecting us like a shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we are trusting in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.” -Ps. 33:20-22

**Trust**
Definitions:
1. reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
2. confident expectation of something; hope.
3. rely on
4. hope
5. believe

~This is what God is speaking to me about. What’s he speaking to you about today?

 

so many blessings… March 25, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 4:25 am

Well, the day has finally come. I picked up little Mae this morning and by this evening she wasn’t too scared or jumpy. She’s just a small mite, and I wish I had pictures of her to show you just how adorable she is. Soon enough I suppose. I love her to pieces.

Around quarter of seven this morning, I woke up. There was no reason that I could clearly pinpoint for this happening. I had gone to bed around 3:30ish, so I certainly wasn’t finished sleeping and the week had been long and exhausting so I figured I’d sleep through even the most violent of storms. But as I looked around in the dim light of the morning, I saw the reason I’d been stirred. God was painting me a picture.

I lay on my bed and peeked around the wall into the kitchen and saw the most vibrant orange light cast over the lake. I rubbed as much sleep from my eyes as possible and quickly, yet lazily, went to look out at the water through the kitchen windows. The orange glow was so radiant and pure in the east, the water was completely calm and the angle of the light was creating an illusion of small, thin lines all over the lake. I wish I had been more awake to fully appreciate this gift God had awoken me for. It was breath-taking.

I’ve become much more aware of His lavish gifts lately. A sparrow here, a tulip there, the perfect gray and white kitten playing on my floor. I felt His eagerness to be with me this morning. The image came to my mind of a lover watching his bride, making the slightest movements in bed, hoping she’ll wake up but also hoping she’ll continue to sleep so peacefully. Today, my Lover was saying “I can’t wait to show you this” and He woke me just after the sun’s glory had pierced the sky. This is the kind of romance we were all meant for. This is the love we cannot live without.

 

blessings March 20, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 5:31 am

I went home this weekend, to PA. It was good to see everyone, especially my great-grandma (the cutest and sweetest woman in the world) before she goes back to Indiana at the end of March. She currently lives with my mom (etc), as she did last winter. I’m so blessed to know her and be related to her. It’s a blessing for me to see similarities in our personalities and know I’m not the only romantic and sentimental girl in our family.

I didn’t have time today to come back to the house before work, which means I didn’t have my discman with me. Luckily, while I was home, I found my walkman (and I do mean cassette player), which is also a radio and packed it in my bag for such an occasion. I decided it would be my saving grace tonight cuz there is no way I could type for 8 hours straight without some form of entertainment pouring in my ears. I stopped at the dollar store just before I needed to be at work and grabbed a pack of batteries and cheap headphones (since those items were both conveniently here at the house too).

It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to one radio station none-stop, even through songs I don’t like and agonizing commercials. I didn’t have much choice regarding that tonight because not a lot of stations were coming in clear and I was trying to make money by typing, so I wasn’t about to fool around with the player. I turned the dial to my favorite country station and left it for about an hour or two. Most of the songs were good, only a few I didn’t care for, but I felt like I needed some Christian music, so I turned the dial to K-love for a bit. After a while of that, it was back to country again, however, I missed the station when trying to tune it in and found a classical station instead. I’m still amazed by the effect that music has on me, but I’m particularly surprised by my love for orchestral music. Listening to pianos and violins and wind instruments tonight nearly took my breath away. I’m so delighted that God has created music, which is also a channel that can capture almost any emotion. The emotion in the classical pieces I heard tonight was undeniable and I would dare say unmatchable by any other form of music. Needless to say, I listened to that for most of the night. I love it.

I also brought my keyboard back from PA with me. I’ve been longing lately to play the piano again and sing as I used to. It’s been many years since I’ve actually tried to truly play the piano, and I guess I’m sort of going to try to train myself again, start from scratch, while also using the keys to train my voice again. I’m energized just thinking about it.

Overall, I feel fantastic. I’m looking for a laptop so I can work from home starting next month, and I get my kitty in 5 days. I suppose one morning this week will need to be solely devoted to getting everything I could possibly need for my new cat, and I’m strangely excited about that too. It will be great to have a new companion in the house. I also couldn’t be more thankful for rain tonight and the promise of 60-degree weather later this week. Thank you Jesus! I’m just about done with this snow. Summer is by far not my favorite season (I dislike it even more than winter), but Spring and Fall are great and it’s that time of year again. It will certainly be a good day when I can comfortably walk in the rain…

 

in love March 15, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 5:14 pm

Longer than there’ve been fishes in the ocean
Higher than any bird ever flew
Longer than there’ve been stars up in the heavens
I’ve been in love with you

Stronger than any mountain cathedral
Truer than any tree ever grew
Deeper than any forest primeval
I am in love with you

-Dan Fogelberg, “Longer”

 

March 14, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 5:23 pm

I’ve been here before, now here I am again
Standing at the door, praying You’ll let me back in
To label me a prodigal would be
Only scratching the surface of who I’ve been known to be

Turn me around pick me up
Undo what I’ve become
Bring me back to the place
Of forgiveness and grace
I need You, need Your help
I can’t do this myself
You’re the only one who can undo
What I’ve become

I focused on the score, but I could never win
Trying to ignore, a life of hiding my sin
To label me a hypocrite would be
Only scratching the surface of who I’ve been known to be

Make every step lead me back to
The sovereign way that You

-Rush of Fools, “Undo”